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Explore La Biennale Di Venezia 2024 on The Berkshire Edge!

I will be in residence in Venice from April 18th to May 29th. During my time in Venice, I will be a “roaming art reporter” for The Berkshire Edge. There are over 200 exhibitions being held throughout Venice during the Biennale, which translates into exciting art to show up in your morning edition of The Berkshire Edge.

Venice is celebrating the 60th anniversary of La Biennale Di Venezia Arte from April 20th to November 24, 2024. La Biennale Di Venezia is one of the most prestigious events in the contemporary art world. Art lovers, curators and gallerists travel from all over the world to attend the event. The first Biennale was held in 1895 and featured artists from Italy and Germany. Interestingly, the impressionists and post-impressionists of France were not extended an invitation to participate!

The European Cultural Centre has invited me to exhibit my installation “Rapturous Alchemy: The Corallium Series” at the Palazzo Bembo during the 2024 Biennale.  I will be in residence in Venice from April 18th to May 29th.  During my time in Venice, I will be a “roaming art reporter” for The Berkshire Edge.  There are over 200 exhibitions being held throughout Venice during the Biennale, which translates into exciting art to show up in your morning edition of The Berkshire Edge.

My hope is to review two to three exhibitions twice a week in The Edge.  You can also follow me on Instagram @virginiabradleyart. Looking forward to introducing you to some of my favorite contemporary artists as well new creative voices.

Front of Central Pavilion in Giardini. Photo credit: Universes in Universe

An overview of La Biennale Di Venezia:

The Curator

The President of the Biennale Board appoints a curator for each festival.  The curator then selects a theme which sets the tone for The Biennale. The 2024 Curator is Adraino Pedroza, the Artistic Director of the São Paulo Museum of Art in Brazil. His chosen theme is “Foreigners Everywhere/ Stranieri Ovunque”. Quite a timely theme in our unsettled world of today.

Adraino Pedrosa explains his thematic choice for the 2024 Biennale:

The expression Stranieri Ovunque has several meanings. First of all, that wherever you go and wherever you are you will always encounter foreigners — they/we are everywhere. Secondly, that no matter where you find yourself, you are always truly, and deep down inside, a foreigner.”

The Giardini and Arsenale

The official Venice Biennale is divided into two sections, The Giardini and the Arsenale.  It takes two days to thoroughly visit both locations.

Uff Isolotto’s “We Walked The Earth,” Danish Pavillion in the Giardini, 2022 Biennale. Photo by Virginia Bradley

The Giardini (the garden) houses 29 national pavilions and the central pavilion.  Each country has curatorial autonomy to decide which artist or group of artists will represent their county. Many other countries have national exhibitions throughout Venice during the Biennale (Collateral Exhibitions).  The Biennale Curator selects artists from around the world to exhibit in Giardini Central Pavilion. The practices of these artists tangentially relate to the curator’s chosen theme.

I am particularly looking forward to reviewing Jeffrey Gibson’s installation in the United States Pavilion. Jeffrey is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and of Cherokee descent. He is the first indigenous artist to be selected to represent the United States. Jeffrey’s practice draws from traditional Native American forms such as weaving, beading and metal work as well as pop art and the formal language of hard-edge painting. Jeffrey practice is based in Brooklyn and Hudson, New York.

The Venetian Arsenal was the largest industrial complex in Europe before the Industrial Revolution. Seen in the 1724 engraving by Joan Blaeu. Venice, Italy

The Arsenale is a Byzantine armory and shipyard built in the 12th century. The buildings and grounds are monumental. The curator of La Biennale selects a team of international curators to select appropriately themed artists to be exhibited in the massive Arsenale.

 

Argentinian artist Gabriel Chale monumental clay archtypal sculpture in the Arsenale, 2022 Biennale Photo by Virginia Bradley

Websites for your reference

The official website for  2024 La Biennale di Venezia is https://www.labiennale.org/en/news/biennale-arte-2024-stranieri-ovunque-foreigners-everywhere and for Collateral Exhibitions see https://www.labiennale.org/en/news/collateral-events-biennale-arte-2024.   This website has a good list of other significant exhibitions, https://universes.art/en/venice-biennale/2024  I will share other links after I arrive in Venice.

Feel free to contact me (virginiabradleyart@gmail.com) if you are planning to attend the Biennale and would like other practical information. I have had the good fortunate to attend The Biennale several times. You can read more about my exhibition at https://www.virginiabradley.com/rapturous-alchemy-the-corallium-series-in-venice-2024/

Palazzo Bembo on the Grand Canal. Virginia’s exhibition is on 3rd floor. Photo by Virginia Bradley

The 2022 Biennale

At the most recent Biennale, which was held in 2022, Cecilia Alemani, the Director and Chief Curator of New York’s High Line Art, was the first female curator in Biennale history.  The chosen theme was entitled The Milk of Dreams. It was also the first time more women than men were represented in The Biennale.

I wanted to share with you some images of Simone Leigh’s installation “Sovereignty.” Simone represented the United States and was awarded a Golden Lion (the Biennale’s highest award) for her installation.  Her monumental sculptural works explore ideas concerning race, gender, history and power. Simone transformed the inside and outside of the United States Pavilion.

Simone Leigh’s transformation of the exterior of the USA Pavilion. Photo by Virginia Bradley

 

Simone Leigh, “Sovereignty” Installation. Photo by Virginia Bradley

 

Simone Leigh, “Sovereignty” Installation. Photo by Virginia Bradley

 

Simone Leigh, “Sovereignty” Installation. Photo by Virginia Bradley

 

Simone Leigh, “Sovereignty” Installation. Photo by Virginia Bradley

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